Internet Browser on Roku: Does Roku Have a Web Browser?

Internet Browser on Roku

One of the biggest advantages of having a Roku streaming player or Roku TV is that it lets you watch thousands of movies, shows, full episodes, documentaries, and live & on-demand events from the best comfort of your home. However, it has some disadvantages like you can’t get an internet browser on Roku.

Does Roku Have a Web Browser?

Believe it or not, Roku’s incredible feat lies in manufacturing the best streaming media devices like Roku Box, Roku Player, etc. that lets you watch videos, movies, and shows from leading streaming services like HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, and more. But when it comes to browsing the internet, Roku can’t be a great option.

The official Roku website states that it “does not provide the ability to browse the Internet on your television.

It further clarifies that Roku doesn’t boast an in-built browser to surf or browse the Internet. While many people are still adamant about using a Roku internet browser, in this blog post, I will bring you some suggestions that you wouldn’t mind trying your hands at.

Note: Please bear in mind that these internet browsers aren’t the in-built features of Roku. If you encounter a problem accessing a particular internet browser on Roku, you may skip it happily and move on to another browser.

How Do I Use an Internet Browser on Roku – (Some Suggestions)?

I have some suggestions that might fascinate you if you are looking for the best internet browser for Roku.

Web Video Caster is not a full-fledged web browser for Roku. It is a mobile browser, and as its name suggests Web Video Caster helps you cast videos to your Roku from your mobile phone.

Be it images, audio, or videos, the cast feature helps you access content from your Android or iOS device to your TV screen. If you don’t have the Web Video Caster app on your smartphone, go to the Play Store or App Store to install it.

Want to cast web videos on your TV? Get the Web Video Caster app that supports photos and audio files.

Let’s move on to the next Roku TV web browser, i.e., Safari Browser.

A popular web browser, Safari has lots of amazing features that you can explore while using it on the computer. However, it won’t bring you the same amount of features or experience as the Roku device.

The Safari Browser for Roku has been developed by Adrian. While using the browser, don’t expect a miracle to happen. Just be happy with the basic browser.

Note: Many third-party websites have maintained that browsers like Web Browser X and Poprism still work on Roku, but they are not.

How to Get Internet Browser for Roku via Screen Mirror or Cast?

So, you have now learned that surfing the Internet on your Roku device isn’t a great idea. But if you have to try, I will rather tell you to cast the screen from your smartphone. This way, you can use Opera, Chrome, Firefox, etc.

There are two ways to use the Internet browser on Roku –

  • From your smartphone (Android)
  • And from Windows (Computer)

Steps to Use Internet Browser on Roku via Screen Mirroring from Android

Refer to the below steps if you want to use the internet browser on Roku TV.

Note: Before you jump on to the steps, make sure your Roku TV/ Roku-connected device and Android phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  • Grab your Android phone and pull down the main screen.
  • You will have a few icons on the screen.
  • Navigate your way to Smart View.
  • Tap this icon to get a list of devices that you want to cast your screen on.
  • Select your Roku device.
  • You will be prompted whether you want to start casting with Smart View.
  • Tap Start Now to begin casting your screen on the Roku-connected TV.
  • Now, you can open Chrome or Safari or any other browser and access the content on the big screen.

Want to disconnect Smart View? Follow the same steps to access the Smart View icon and stick to the on-screen prompts.

How to Use Web Browser on Roku via Screen Mirroring from Windows?

Here’s an easier and simpler way to use your favorite web browser on Roku. The following steps are drawn from Windows 10.

  • Open Windows 10 taskbar and select the Project icon.
  • This feature will prompt you to select an option.
  • PC Screen Only
  • Duplicate
  • Extend
  • Second Screen Only
  • Select Extend (the most common choice) or any other option you prefer.
  • Now, scroll to the bottom to select the Connect to a wireless display option.
  • You should see your favorite Roku device on the screen.
  • Select it and you will have your screen getting mirrored on the TV.
  • Launch your favorite web browser and read the news or play videos from your favorite streaming website.

Note: Connect speakers or sound system to get proper sound while playing or casting videos.

Wrapping Up

I believe you now know how to access the internet browser on Roku and carry out your favorite activity. I will still suggest you abstain from the idea of surfing the web on your streaming device as it won’t give you the best experience.

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